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Owner of Utica store indicted on drug possession charges

Posted 11/26/22

A Utica man found with tablets that tested positive for fentanyl and other drugs at his Albany Street store was indicted by a county grand jury on drug possession charges.

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Owner of Utica store indicted on drug possession charges

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UTICA — A Utica man found with tablets that tested positive for fentanyl and other drugs at his Albany Street store was indicted by a county grand jury on drug possession charges.

Utica Police said on Aug. 9, a search warrant was executed at Abu Hareth Smoke Shop at 1038 Albany St. and for Yaqoob M. Algahim, 25, of Utica. Located within the business was 477 suspected fentanyl tablets, 390 grams of marijuana, 43 suspected Xanax bars, and $721 in cash, police said.

The fentanyl tablets specifically are made to be counterfeit Oxycodone 30 MG. Police said the tablets were sent to the State Police Forensic ID Lab in Albany, and it was confirmed that the tablets were fentanyl. The total weight from the lab was approximately 46 grams.

During the Oneida County Grand Jury proceedings held on Nov. 21, Algahim was indicted on counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Then on Nov. 23, police said the case agent located Algahim at 1038 Albany St. and took him into custody without incident based on the indictment warrant. He will appear in County Court.

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